Digital change accelerated by DXC Technology transformation centres


Friday, 03 November, 2017


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New digital transformation centres will be opened by DXC Technology around Australia.

These centres will provide an environment for the incubation of ideas, learning and innovative solutions.

They are based on similar models launched by DXC Technology in the United Kingdom and Belgium, and aim to spark new conversations with local clients about digital transformation by offering:

  • end-to-end digital services from ideation and change through to development and ongoing evolution, to accelerate large enterprise clients on their unique transformational journeys;
  • a collaborative, engaging environment focused on generating rapid outcomes and return on investment; and
  • an outside-in approach to capacity-based staffing to deliver outcomes quicker, grow in-house capabilities and foster innovation.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said the new centres would support the federal government’s digital transformation agenda across the public and private sectors.

“Initiatives such as these support our efforts by driving agility and innovation among Australian businesses, service providers and government agencies, as we become more mobile, connected and reliant on technology than ever before,” he said.

The first two centres will be in Canberra and Melbourne and co-located with universities, allowing for collaborative research between industry and academia, and the creation a new talent pool of students that aims to support the evolving needs of workforces and communities as they prepare for a digital future.

In Canberra, the centre will partner with Australian National University (ANU), with a focus on education, research and innovation contributing to Australia’s digital agenda.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt welcomed the announcement of the research collaboration with DXC Technology.

“This partnership will drive research collaboration and will give students the chance to undertake programs that will benefit government and society,” Schmidt said.

The foundation industry partners for the centre in Canberra include Tandem.ai, Gulanga, Canberra Data Centres (CDC) and Microsoft.

Tandem.ai will provide predictive analysis of the social and economic impact of digital change on the Australian workforce. Gulanga will provide capability to resource projects as well as IT employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. CDC will provide secure and reliable data centre solutions and services, and Microsoft will offer skills, tools and technology.

Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the centre is planned to be located at Swinburne University of Technology.

“The DXC Digital Transformation Centre at Swinburne aims to embed both our research and practice based research training, within an industry environment on campus, to find innovative business solutions to complex digital challenges,” said Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Professor Aleksander Subic.

The centre will also give students opportunities to join researchers and industry partners on projects through Swinburne’s professional degrees, work placements, internships and industry-linked projects.

“The DXC Digital Transformation Centres will aim to advance digital innovation and deliver economic and social impact outcomes to Australia,” said Mike Lawrie, chairman, president and chief executive officer of DXC Technology.

“This unique offering in the Australian market draws on collaborative minds and home-grown partnerships across industry, academia, community and government, and fosters a new culture of innovation in a digital world.”

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